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When i use my keyboard it registers the blue symbols on the keys,

Will give me the correct letter only when 'fn' key is held down. In other words if i don't hold down the 'fn' key the name 'milwaukee' will appear '053wa42ee. I believe this only occurs when the lock button with the "9" in it at the top of the keyboard is on, but I'm not possitive.

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Sounds like you've got the "Num Lock" turned on.

Check the keyboard for a key that has a LOCK icon.

It's usually on the Scroll key.

Let me know if that fixes the problem otherwise I'll suggest something else.

Best of luck!

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

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Press shift + numlock key, this will deselect the fn key, and return it to how it usually functions.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

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